Ultrasound-Guided Fascial Plane Blocks: TAP, QL, PEC/Serratus, and Knee Infiltration

Ultrasound-Guided Fascial Plane Blocks: TAP, QL, PEC/Serratus, and Knee Infiltration

A satellite hands-on workshop session held adjunct to the 2017 American Society of Enhanced Recovery Annual Congress, Washington D.C.

Saturday, May 29th, 1:30-4:30 pm

Course Director: Jeff Gadsden, MD, FRCPC, FANZCA. Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University, Durham, NC

IMG_3645Optimization of pain control while minimizing side-effects from medications is one of the core elements of enhanced recovery. Infiltration of local anesthetic into tissue planes such as the transversus abdominis (TAP) and quadratus lumborum (QL) planes, rectus sheath, and chest wall muscle planes (PECS 1, 2 and serratus) are becoming increasingly popular and have been shown to provide enhanced analgesia for abdominal and breast procedures. Similarly, targeted ultrasound-guided infiltration of the knee is a novel technique that results in quality analgesia with accelerated mobility and functional recovery. With their favorable risk and side effect profile, these techniques are rapidly becoming a standard in many centers, used to supplement or even replace paravertebral, epidural, and nerve block analgesia.IMG_3603

At this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the indications, sonoanatomy and techniques for performing these ultrasound-guided infiltration procedures. This 3 hour session will incorporate 45 minutes of didactic lectures and live demonstrations followed by hands-on scanning of live models and technique practice with high-fidelity anatomical gel phantom models.